It was one of the largest student-led marches in modern US history and it happened on Saturday, March 24th. Early counts estimated that over a million people participated in more than 800 sister marches to say #Enough, guns do not belong in schools, and yes, the government has to do something about it.
In Washington, D.C., youth leaders bravely took the stage to speak in front of hundreds of thousands of marchers. Emma González, one of the leading voices of the march, held a tearful moment of silence after naming all seventeen victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. She told the crowd that it was time to “Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job.” Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s granddaughter also took the stage. She said, “My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream that enough is enough. That this should be a gun-free world. Period.”
These powerful speeches were broadcast and shared around the world, showing just what young people can accomplish when they work together and take action. What’s next for these youth leaders? The march was just the beginning—they plan on growing the movement by persuading people to register to vote and to speak up at their local town hall meetings.
As a young person, what can you do to persuade lawmakers to listen and take action?